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  • Aparna Arvind

Grow As You Lead



Unleash your true leadership potential with a growth mindset!


In the pursuit of leadership success and personal development, there is one mindset that stands above the rest, and that’s the growth mindset. Let's explore why this is so crucial to resilience & unlocking leadership potential.


When we talk about mindsets, we’re referring to the lens that leaders use to view or interpret situations, data, or people, and how they choose to respond to such challenges or opportunities. A leader with a growth mindset sees challenges as opportunities for learning and growth. Instead of shying away from difficulties or believing that change is impossible, having a growth mindset allows you to embrace challenges, knowing that it is possible to chart out a different outcome, explore possibilities and realize growth through effort and perseverance. It’s the belief in yourself to overcome any obstacle.


3 ways to cultivate a growth mindset:


1. Seek feedback

Try to actively seek feedback and view it as valuable input for improvement, as opposed to negative criticism. Understand that feedback is not a reflection of your worth or the lack thereof in capability, instead feedback can be a powerful stepping stone towards development and mastery.


2. Embrace Failure as a learning experience

Reframe failure as a learning experience. Instead of being discouraged by setbacks, view these as opportunities to reflect, adjust your approach, and come back even stronger. Prime yourself to engage in deep-level learning strategies. Remember you probably fell off your bicycle when learning to ride before you became a seasoned biker!


3. Set yourself a 'Big Hairy Audacious Goal'

Set ambitious, yet realistic, goals. Believe in your ability to continuously improve and stretch your capabilities. View setbacks as temporary roadblocks and then remain focused on your long-term objectives. Remember to be effortful in pursuing your goals, and be intentional about the strategic choices you make and the resources you allocate to achieving your goals. There’s no point in saying you want to climb Mount Everest and not do the necessary planning and tactical execution of critical steps to getting there.

By adopting a growth mindset, you unlock the power to reach new heights, overcome obstacles, and achieve your dreams. Embrace challenges, seek feedback, learn from failure, set ambitious goals, and inspire others along the way. Let your growth mindset propel you towards a future of unlimited possibilities. Remember that simply attending ongoing training on topics surrounding leadership development are of little value if you do not cultivate a mindset that enables you to remain curious to explore the unknown.


Start cultivating a growth mindset today by putting in place a few simple changes to your daily routine:


Practice daily reflection

Rather than dwelling on your current limitations or shortcomings, intentionally reflect on your progress and areas for growth. Take a few moments each day to journal or mentally review your experiences, focusing on what you have learned and how you can improve moving forward.


Add "yet"

Adopt a "yet" mentality by reframing statements from fixed to growth-oriented. For example, instead of saying, "I can't do this," add the word "yet" to the end of your statement - "I can't do this yet." This subtle shift acknowledges that your abilities and skills can develop with time, effort, and learning. It leaves the door open to possibilities and different outcomes. And remember that, as a leader, demonstrating this mindset creates a culture of ambition, optimism and innovation. Research shows that individual growth mindset has significant impact on team mindset. The power of "yet" is beautifully articulated by Prof. Carol Dweck in her TEDx talk on growth mindset.


Set a weekly challenge

Try to attempt tackling one thing that you have previously found challenging. Remove ‘fear of the unknown’ or ‘fear of failure’ from the equation. Persistence is key. Stretching 1% consistently toward your goal will eventually get you to where you need to grow towards. An example would be to learn a new tool or technology that enables greater communication, process efficiency or collaboration. Or exploring the nuances in communications of your global subsidiaries by learning about different cultures to enhance your ability to influence or negotiate.


By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you can cultivate a growth mindset and nurture a belief in your capacity for continuous improvement and personal growth.


Go grow as you lead!


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